There is a new exhaust cleaning technology in the works that makes AdBlue look like a bad joke.
It’s called ACCT (ammonia creation and conversion technology) and it’s currently being developed by a team of specialists at the Loughborough University in Britain. This new system uses ammonia to literally to rip NOx apart , which leaves only nitrogen and water behind. According to the Loughborough team, ACCT has been able to clean 98% of NOx in diesel emissions and it’s done so while not even being tuned for a specific engine. The team tested the system on a Skoda taxi and saw a 98% reduction in NOx and claims that, if tuned properly, they could create a virtually zero-emission diesel engine.
Though, the Loughborough team feels that eliminating NOx is only the beginning. NOx is serious, said Graham Hargrave, professor of optical diagnostics and team leader. But it s really a point-source problem. It only matters in a tiny minority of locations.”
“Solve it and you can get on with reducing CO2, which is important everywhere.
It seems as if this ACCT could seriously help solve diesel emissions moving forward, so long as it can gain a supplier/manufacturer on a large scale. If that’s the case, we could see diesel engines last a long longer than originally anticipated. So long as their emissions are clean, we’d be very happy to see diesel stick around for many, many more years.